Set in an abandoned fort on the stunning Adriatic ocean, Outlook Festival is the perfect setting for a party and holiday experience, giving the best of all worlds. With blissful sun, sea and a beach specifically for punters to relax before dancing all night long, it’s the ideal way to combine adventure and travel with the very best music you can find. 2017’s edition has their heaviest line-up to date, with legendary actsDizzee Rascal, Dawn Penn, Goldie, Wiley, Hatcha, Giggs, Congo Natty, DJ Shadow and Horace Andy, all performing amongst the freshest talent from across the world.
A lot can change over ten years, but Outlook Festival’s dedication, passion and ability have secured their place as one of the leading festival promoters worldwide. Though grown, the family feels the same, with artists and punters coming back year on year to experience and discover new music on world class, bespoke built sound systems. From the ambitious settings (we’ve all seen the speaker stacks in The Moat) to blissful boat parties and the recent addition of the Opening Concert, the team have never shied away from taking things to the next level, whilst staying firmly grounded to their roots.
An integral part of any Outlook-goers experience, the infamous boat parties each year play host to your favourite MCs, DJs and crews for energetic takeovers, whilst riding the Adriatic waves. Pulling out all the stops for the 10-year celebrations, 2017’s jam-packed schedule features the cream of the crop, with Deep Medi, Shogun Audio, Swing Ting, Just Jam, Metalheadz and many more on hosting duties.
From midday on Thursday through Sunday, over ten boats per day set sail from Fort Punta Christo’s picturesque harbour, giving festival goers intimate dance sessions in the middle of the ocean. Available only with a festival ticket, limited passes for each boat are available from just £20 and are on sale Thursday 18th June, but move quick, these never stick around for long!
Kicking off proceedings, Outlook has called on the B2B dream team TQD, with Royal T, Flava D, andDJ Q bringing bassline flavours to the first boat off the shores, closely followed by Scotch Bonnet, who have recruited sound system dons Mungos Hifi, and collaborator Charlie P for their Thursday afternoon adventure. For the hip hop lovers, Diplomats of Sound have you covered with Queens rapper Pharoahe Monch, YNR boss Jehst, and The Mouse Outfit all aboard. Grime collective Butterz add the whole family to their boat, with Elijah & Skilliam, Swindle, Murlo, Champion, plus Serious MC on hosting duties, Dub Smugglers invite Soom T and Gardna, whilst Congo Natty reps for junglists worldwide, with a heavy bill of Iron Dread, Nanci, Lady Chann and Mad Professor. Loefah heads up the Swamp 81boat, alongside Paleman, Lamont and Chunky, whilst Chimpo presents a hefty all-star B2B taking controls alongside Spooky and Spyro, plus pals Grandmixxer, Killa P and Black Josh – not one to be missed! DnB heads rejoice, as the Collective crew stack Randall, DLR, Onset and MC Fokus on their bill, and Resident Advisor finalises Thursdays schedule with bass heavy explorations from The Bug, Flowdan and Riko Dan plus Madam X.
Friday’s schedule features royalty from the worlds of dub, grime, roots, reggae, bass and beyond, starting early, Manchester party crew Swing Ting, explore afrobeat rhythms with Murlo, Amy Becker, Equiknoxx, as well as famila Samrai, Platt, Joey B & Fox, Gentleman’s Dub Club bring their sound to the Adriatic, alongside Adrian Sherwood, Stand High Patrol, supported by vocalists Eva Lazarus andParly B. Repping for sister festival Dimensions is Dan Shake and the Dimensions Soundsystem team, and more family vibes come in the shape of Leeds natives Sub Dub, who add a touch of old school dub from Horace Andy, Iration Steppas, Murray Man, and Sinai Sound’s Chef. Stepping in for the epicStarwarz x Dispatch takeover is Marcus Intalex, Signal, Kyrist and more, on top of another heavy bass-led bill from 1985, where Alix Perez is set to go B2B with Skeptical. Madam X and herKaizen family host their debut boat, plus Metalheadz set sail with OG Goldie b2b with Ant TC1 playing a history of Headz set. Back for their second year, London’s Radar Radio return, with a stellar cast of fresh talent, including Sir Spyro, Amy Becker, Mungo and Jetsss, whilst LEVELZ have added their full Manchester mischief squad. Rounding off Friday’s sessions are legendary imprint Contact, with Ivy Lab, Truth and Youngsta – huge.
Saturday’s outings are equally gigantic with Crucast featuring P Money, Uprise Audio, Warning andKeepin it Grimey, all recruiting all star line-ups for the first waves. The Shogun Audio vessel will be steered by Icicle and friends, Critical Sound‘s entire roster is on board (think Enei, Kasra, & Ivy Lab), and of the course, back again will be the legendary Deep Medi (which sold out in a record under 1 minute last year) with Outlook mainstays Mala, Commodo, Jack Sparrow, Gantz amongst the bill. My Nu Leng bring a host of mates on deck, Just Jam keeps it energetic with Zed Bias, Murlo andGrandmixxer, whilst UK hip hop comes from High Focus Records roster of Fliptrix, Dirty Dike, Ed Scissor as well as the rest of the label regulars. Deep, Dark & Dangerous live up to their namesake recruiting the likes of Truth, Youngsta, District Motive and more for their bass heavy boat, finalising Saturday’s choices for a sunset escapade are rooting regulars Dub Stuy featuring Iration Steppas, Murray Man, Doctor Jeep, Von D & Rider Shafique.
Dubstep fanatics FATKIDONFIRE, start the final day of the festival with a bang, inviting J:Kenzo, Jack Sparrow along for the ride, AJ Tracey’s MTP host with Big Zuu and Ets, plus gal-dem rep for the ladies featuring Madam X, Nidia Minaj & IAMDDB. There’s a Dub Phizix & Strategy Well Good Boat Party,Channel One bring strictly roots and dub, plus Pressure have secured an exclusive 7′ wax set with The Bug on top of live performances from Lady Chann, Miss Red and Riko Dan – set to test the limits of the custom speakers, whilst Bladerunnaz x RE:SET have Icicle & Skittles plus special guests. Part of the Outlook crew since day dot, Hatcha has compiled a very special bill for the tenth year of Outlook –Loefah, Plastician, Mighty Moe all join, expect nostalgic hits and festival faves throughout. Ministry of Sounds / No Requests sundown boat brings garage sounds with Zed Bias and Matt Jam Lamont. Kahn & Neek headline Bristol underground bass crew Bandulu‘s ship, with head honchos Boofy & Hi 5 Ghost, and last but not least Mixcloud go jungle heavy with Randall, Kenny Ken and Josey Rebelle. Phew.
Boat parties are an essential part of any Outlook experience, setting sail from the onsite harbour from midday onwards. Expect intimate sunshine adventures, special guests, and an unforgettable few hours coasting across the Pula coast – soundtracked by the very best of the festival. Numbers are extremely limited for each boat, and sell out way in advance each year – keep your eyes out Thursday 18th May when tickets are on sale for £20. Boat party tickets can only be purchased with a valid festival ticket, which can be purchased through the Outlook website from £140, but deposit tickets can still be secured for just £20 until Monday 22nd May.